A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence, or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary , such as a bishop or archbishop. In many parts of Europe , the equivalent term is also applied to large private houses in cities, especially of the aristocracy ; often the term for a large country house is different. Many historic palaces are now put to other uses such as parliaments , museums , hotels , or office buildings. The word is also sometimes used to describe a lavishly ornate building used for public entertainment or exhibitions,  such as a movie palace. Long after the city grew to the seven hills the Palatine remained a desirable residential area. Emperor Caesar Augustus lived there in a purposely modest house only set apart from his neighbours by the two laurel trees planted to flank the front door as a sign of triumph granted by the Senate. His descendants, especially Nero with his " Domus Aurea " the Golden House , enlarged the building and its grounds over and over until it took up the hill top. Palace meaning "government" can be recognized in a remark of Paul the Deacon , writing c. At the same time, Charlemagne was consciously reviving the Roman expression in his " palace " at Aachen , of which only his chapel remains.
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A palace insider however insisted to the Daily Beast today that the Queen was not about to abdicate. The tomb, though much smaller than the palace , is similarly a vision of ornate twists, arches, and peaks. For the next 33 years, he singlehandedly constructed a palace in his garden, stone by stone.